As we all know, Chicago has more than four seasons. It has 11 seasons interspersed with the regular four seasons people in other cities across the country experience.
The official winter lasts from roughly mid-December to the end of January. During this time we see a significant amount of snowfall, cold temperatures and short, gloomy days.
2. Fool's spring
At the start of February, we are tricked into warmer weather finally on its way during fool's spring. This season typically lasts a day to a couple of days and gets our hopes up. It's nice to see more sun, but don't let that fool you. It's still cold as heck outside.
3. Second winter
4. Spring of deception
5. Third winter
6. Mud season
7. Actual spring
Get ready for the complete opposite of a freezing winter: sweltering heat. There is virtually no time to adjust between winter and summer, and so our closets undergo a major overhaul in a single weekend. The warmer months last from May to August, but they are a major reprieve from the winter.
9. False fall
10. Second summer
But, like all the other times of the year, why would summer be any different? For roughly a week or two in September, we get a resurgence of summer and are allowed to bask in its glory one last time. It's important not to waste this week because winter is now around the corner.
11. Actual fall
Probably my favorite season in Chicago, fall is a beautiful time of change and great weather. However, much like the other seasons, it can creep up in two seconds and throw us off our game.
Despite these constant changes, I wouldn't dream of anything else. The weather changes keep me on my toes and keep me looking forward to what the next day will bring.